Fabric and raw materials are the building blocks of any garment or accessory, determining its quality, comfort and overall aesthetic. Fashion designers carefully select fabrics and materials based on the desired look, feel and functionality of the final product.
Different types of fabrics and materials have unique characteristics and properties. Some commonly used fabrics in fashion include cotton, silk, wool, polyester, and linen. Each fabric has its own texture, breathability, durability, and care requirements. Fashion designers, fabric and raw material developers and buyers consider these factors when choosing the right fabric for a specific design.
In addition to fabric, raw materials including buttons, zippers, threads and embellishments contribute to the functionality, design detail and overall craftsmanship of a garment. Fashion brands may choose to prioritise sustainability by opting for eco-friendly and ethically sourced materials.